The best European technology + the premiere hop growing region in the world = superior hops for craft beer
The Pacific North West region has long been recognized for its unique hop growing terroir, which when combined with an amazing climate, creates the perfect environment for hops. In collaboration with our partner farmers, BC Hop Co harvests and processes Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Cashmere varieties and will soon release our own trademarked hop variety.
A critical start, great growing conditions and efficient harvesting is only 50% of the process necessary to create the best hop product for brewing great beer. The remaining 50% is in the downstream processing.
Traditional large scale processing involves hundreds of thousands of pounds of hops being dried over direct fired furnaces where exhaust fumes mingle with the hop oils. They are then conditioned on open concrete floors and can take up to 3 days from harvest to baling. BC Hop Co searched the world to find the best in class processing technology available.
After exhaustive research and investigation, we settled on Wolf Manufacturing in Geisenfeld Germany as our supplier. This European technology uses indirect heat, a more rapid drying process, and air conditioning to bring the hops into final baling condition all in less than ONE day from harvest. This more gentle process preserves more of the field freshness.
Finally we rely on the best in class "soft pellet" process ultimately creating a T-90 pellet that is more aromatic and emulsifies better in the brewing process. By creating a more resinous product, we bring more of that field fresh aroma to the hopping process.
We are confident that our Pacific Northwest terroir, European processing, and best possible pelletization is a combination that will keep you brewing with our World Class Hops again and again.